Gaston County Animal Control has rescued a large number of dogs from a local residence and cited the owner with animal cruelty, authorities said on Saturday.
After Lowell Police Department discovered more than 45 dogs at a residence, Animal Control responded and found some of the dogs were living in unacceptable conditions, authorities said.
Additional investigation revealed many of the dogs were in good condition, having been spayed/neutered and vaccinated, the report stated.
Animal Control took 40 dogs, some of which did not meet the vaccination and license requirements, authorities said. In an effort to place the dogs Animal Control personnel worked with many of the animal rescue groups in the region to find homes for the dogs.
All the animals have been placed with rescue groups.
According to Animal Control, the owner of the residence, Wanda Poteat, was cited for animal cruelty, failure to vaccinate and failure to obtain licenses. The report stated that Poteat had cooperated during the investigation and continued to work with Animal Control officers to resolve the situation.